NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County College High School program is a college-learning opportunity that is the first of its kind in Texas.
"We want our kids to graduate from somewhere, but we want them to graduate to something," said LISD Superintendent Latonya Goffney. "In order to do that, they've got to have opportunities that basically equip them in order to be successful in life."
All six of Angelina County's school districts are joining together to provide a college high school program that will provide students the opportunity to graduate high school with an associate's degree.
"We understand that if they take one, and they're successful, then they're more likely to take another course and another course," Goffney said.
How does a combined college/high school work load affect Angelina County students?
Stephen F. Austin State University officials explained they have had wonderful success with students entering with credits.
"All of the students that we talk to have a great understanding on what it means to be successful in college," Pauline Sampson said. "They've already learned time management skills, so they come in with better soft skills than a lot of freshmen do."
"They're still going to have all those social aspects, but because they're outside the box, they want to try things, they're going to have the opportunity to do it," said Diboll ISD Superintendent Gary Martel. "They'll still have all the social skills, still be involved in the high school life, and the high school setting," Martel said
"We are going to pilot with a small cohort of students, so we can make sure they're successful moving forward," said Hudson ISD Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker.
It's a move they hope will benefit the entire East Texas community.